Dictionary.com

naturalize

[ nach-er-uh-lahyz, nach-ruh- ]
/ ˈnætʃ ər əˌlaɪz, ˈnætʃ rə- /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: naturalize / naturalization on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing.

verb (used without object), nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Also especially British, nat·u·ral·ise .

Origin of naturalize

First recorded in 1585–95; natural + -ize
nat·u·ral·i·za·tion, nounnat·u·ral·iz·er, nounun·nat·u·ral·ize, verb (used with object), un·nat·u·ral·ized, un·nat·u·ral·iz·ing.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for naturalize

naturalize

naturalise

/ (ˈnætʃrəˌlaɪz, -tʃərə-) /

verb

(tr) to give citizenship to (a person of foreign birth)
to be or cause to be adopted in another place, as a word, custom, etc
(tr) to introduce (a plant or animal from another region) and cause it to adapt to local conditions
(intr) (of a plant or animal) to adapt successfully to a foreign environment and spread there
(tr) to explain (something unusual) with reference to nature, excluding the supernatural
(tr) to make natural or more lifelike
naturalization or naturalisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for naturalize

naturalize
[ năchər-ə-līz′ ]

To establish a nonnative species in a region where it is able to reproduce successfully and live alongside native species in the wild. Naturalized species may be introduced intentionally or unintentionally. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia but have become naturalized in many other parts of the world.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Get Online Help For Kids!